Mary Hood, a Georgia native and award winning author has been named Reinhardt's first Writer-in-Residence and will teach at the Waleska-based school during the spring semester. Ms. Hood has won such writing awards as the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Townsend Prize and the Whiting Award. She has written two collections of short fiction, "How Far She Went" and "And Venus Is Blue" and a novel, "Familiar Heat".
Ms. Hood will be teaching a creative writing course for the College during the spring semester, which begins on January 8, 2001. The class is offered as an English and Communication class, so a variety of students will have the opportunity to attend.
Ms. Hood was born in Brunswick, Ga., and published her first collection of short stories in 1984. Since that time, she has written a novel, "Familiar Heat", which was published in 1995. She has also held teaching positions at the University of Georgia, the University of Mississippi at Oxford and Berry College. Ms. Hood has been called "a great writer" by "Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy and "a writer who has something to say" by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reviewer Cathy High. Ms. Hood currently lives in Woodstock, Ga.